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El Chapo: Reports Mexican drug leader Joaquin Guzman declared 'war' on Isis proven false

Jess Staufenberg

Published 11/12/2015 | 12:32

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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped from prison on July 11 (AP)

Rumours that a Mexican drug cartel leader threatened to "destroy" Isis have been proven false - but not before some media outlets reported it as true.

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It was reported by New York Post, Forbes and Fox News that Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman had sent Isis leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi an encrypted message to stop "interfering with the business of the Sinaloa Cartel."

The story was posted in semi-satirical site Thug Life Videos before being picked up by CartelBlog.com, a web site that reports on cartel news, which caused it to go viral across several major news outlets.

Calling itself an "exclusive", Thug Life Videos reported the following: "The famed leader of the biggest drugs cartel in the world, Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera – aka ‘El Chapo’ – has sent a chilling warning ISIS: 'My men will destroy you.'

"The message was sent via encrypted email to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, but details were leaked to a Mexican blogger who has close ties with Sinaloa cartel members...

... 'You [ISIS] are not soldiers. You are nothing but lowly p*****s. Your god cannot save you from the true terror that my men will levy at you if you continue to impact my operation.

The elaborate escape of Mexico’s top drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman from a maximum security prison reads like a crime thriller.
The elaborate escape of Mexico’s top drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman from a maximum security prison reads like a crime thriller.
National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido shows security footage of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman moments before escaping, during a news conference in Mexico City, Mexico, July 14, 2015. Mexico's government on Tuesday broadcast security camera footage of fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in the final moments before he escaped from a maximum security prison through a tunnel in his cell on Saturday night. REUTERS/Stringer
A view of an opening in a tunnel connected to the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary and used by drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to escape, in Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City, July 14 , 2015. Mexican authorities must have colluded with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to enable the country's top drug lord to escape from a maximum security prison at the weekend, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said on Monday.Guzman sparked a massive manhunt after escaping from Altiplano prison on Saturday night in a mile-long underground tunnel that led from his cell into a deserted building, dealing a bitter blow for President Enrique Pena Nieto. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
A view of an area of the tunnel connected to the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary and used by drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to escape, in Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City, July 14, 2015. Mexican authorities must have colluded with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to enable the country's top drug lord to escape from a maximum security prison at the weekend, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said on Monday.Guzman sparked a massive manhunt after escaping from Altiplano prison on Saturday night in a mile-long underground tunnel that led from his cell into a deserted building, dealing a bitter blow for President Enrique Pena Nieto. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
A police officer keeps watch inside a warehouse containing a tunnel connected to the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary and used by drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to escape, in Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City, July 14, 2015. Mexican authorities must have colluded with Guzman to enable the country's top drug lord to escape from a maximum security prison at the weekend, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said on Monday. Guzman sparked a massive manhunt after escaping from Altiplano prison on Saturday night in a mile-long underground tunnel that led from his cell into a deserted building, dealing a bitter blow for President Enrique Pena Nieto. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
A view of an area of the tunnel connected to the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary and used by drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to escape
Journalists work inside a warehouse containing a tunnel connected to the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary and used by drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to escape

'My men will destroy you. The world is not yours to dictate. I pity the next son of a w***e that tries to interfere with the business of the Sinaloa Cartel. I will have their heart and tongue torn from them'", said the news story.

Steve Charnock, who works for Thug Life Videos, told the Daily Mail that he and his boss had conceived the idea and written it on 30 November 2015.

"It was satire, faux news," he said according to the newspaper. "It got a few shares on Facebook initially, but now it is the top story on some websites."

Joaquin Guzman (believed to be aged between 58 and 61) is considered the "most powerful drug trafficker in the world" by the United States Department of the Treasury.

He escaped from Altiplano prison in Mexico through a tunnel in July 2015.

Charnock said that none of the news outlets contacted him to clarify the information, nor questioned the claim that the cartel had moved into the Middle East.

Independent News Service

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